VIDEO: West Seattle Big Band fills High Point Commons Park with music and people

(WSB photos/video)

A first tonight for the West Seattle Big Band – a concert at High Point Commons Park. This was the return of the annual summer Concert in the Park for the first time since 2019, but the traditional venue – Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn – isn’t available this year, so that called for a new venue. WSBB director Jim Edwards admitted he didn’t know what to expect, or who, but by our informal count, at least 100 people showed up to enjoy the evening and the music. You can see the spectators as well as the band in our recording of the concert:

For an hour and a half, the Big Band enthralled the crowd with classics like “In the Mood,” “All of Me,” and “Fever” – some instrumental, some featuring vocalists Jenaige Lane and Jeff Carter:

The WSBB musicians spanned a wide age range tonight – including Henry, who’s also drum major for the West Seattle High School Band:

The brass included director Edwards trading in his baton for his trombone:

The Big Band also plays gigs for hire and donates the proceeds to help student musicians. So, as Edwards told the crowd, if you need a band for an event, contact them!

6 Replies to "VIDEO: West Seattle Big Band fills High Point Commons Park with music and people"

  • Kris July 20, 2022 (5:15 am)

    It was a beautiful and entertaining evening. We’re so fortunate to have so much free quality entertainment in West Seattle. This band gives more than music back to the community. Thanks to all the musicians!!!

  • Diane Fields July 20, 2022 (9:05 am)

    Such a lovely evening.  Outdoor music has been missed and what a great event. 

  • Delridge resident July 20, 2022 (9:22 am)

    I had a blast, and High Point Commons is always a great venue. Couldn’t have been better, big props to the band!

  • Friend O'Dinghus July 20, 2022 (9:23 am)

    While I couldn’t enjoy it in person, I watched the video that was so graciously shared here on WSB. I thoroughly enjoyed it over a cuppa this morning. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful afternoon in the park.

  • High Point Resident July 20, 2022 (12:52 pm)

    What a wonderful evening. Big thank you to the band for coming and playing, you all sounded great and it was a ton of fun!

  • Christine Peak July 20, 2022 (5:24 pm)

    My love for Big Band Music is huge…there is nothing more upbeat and fun especially when you have a great band leader…Jim is amazing! My favorite piece was a Glen Miller and  Henry Mancini one…the solos were terrific…the weather perfect and the crowd was so friendly.  They get all the stars one can give…keep the music coming…Christine Peak

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